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Oklahoma 'Ribeye Bill' clears senate vote, heads to house

Posted: 5:05 PM, Feb 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-20 23:22:00Z
Rib eye steak

Oklahoma has an official state flower, a waltz, a state instrument—and on Wednesday, the Senate voted in favor of a bill designating the ribeye as Oklahoma’s official state steak. State Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, is the author of Senate Bill 21.

“The cattle industry is a huge part of Oklahoma’s identity,” Murdock said. “We have 5.1 million head of beef cows in Oklahoma and we’re third in the nation in the number of beef cows.”

But why the ribeye instead of a T-bone or some other cut of steak?

“Hands down, the ribeye is the most flavorful steak there is,” Murdock said, adding he’d seen polls attesting to the quality and taste of the ribeye.

“This is a way to promote this industry and the contribution they make to our state’s economy—and our dinner table,” Murdock said.

SB 21 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Some have criticized spending time on what they consider a frivolous bill when Oklahoma has so many other needs.

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